It’s Party Time! Maserati are on a Role…
Ridgeway Maserati know how to throw a good party. We know because we were there, last January in fact, celebrating the opening of their brand new exclusive Maserati showrooms.
We were suitably hosted with a champagne reception and entertained by a classical Harpist, whilst feasting our eyes on a showcase of the entire Maserati range.
The Award winning Ridgeway dealer group is located right on our doorstep on Cumnor Hill, Oxford, and are the latest to open a Maserati dealership in the UK. If you visit them, you’ll be tempted to buy one, so take your wife or husband with you. My wife won’t let me visit again until I’ve done the dishwasher, but I must want to go there pretty badly as I’ve done it 55 times since the parameters were set.
It was at that rather special party of January 2015 that Peter Denton, Region Manager of Maserati North Europe, predicted 2015 to be “a landmark year for Maserati in the UK”. His comments were welcomed by Ridgeway’s brand Director, Martin Sewell. Since then, it has been all hands on deck for Ridgeway, and the partnership with Maserati would appear to be booming.
Enter Maserati Ghibli…
Yes, Maserati are on a high, and whilst we understand that all models are currently hitting target sales, the all new Ghibli is proving to be the volume expanding best-seller Maserati predicted.
It is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte, yet it shares much of the Quattroporte’s core components; namely its crash safety, chassis and suspension architecture, its engines and its LED headlight technology. The Ghibli, however, is 50 kg lighter, 173 mm shorter in the wheel base and 291 mm shorter overall. Inside, the Ghibli holds its own with a unique dashboard designed to match its sportier and more youthful appeal.
A diesel first...
If you’re going to compete mainstream in the luxury saloon sector, a diesel engine is a must. In the 99 year history of the brand, the Ghibli diesel is Maserati’s first; It’s a 3.0 litre common rail V6 Turbo, generating circa 275 bhp, and a whopping 600NM of torque. It does 0-62 mph in just over 6 seconds, and will power the Maser up to a not insubstantial 155 mph. Fuel consumption will matter with this option, and you’ll be looking at a strong average of 47.9 mpg. The Ghibli diesel is also the first Maserati to be fitted with Start-Stop technology.
Engine options also include two V6 3.0 litre petrol variants, the entry level version generating 326 bhp whilst the more powerful Ghibli S will kick out a hefty 404bhp (see specs). All versions have eight-speed automatic transmission .
Common to all Ghibli’s are excellent handling and grip; achieved not least by 50:50 weight distribution front to rear, multi-link rear suspension, double wishbones at the front, and hydraulic assisted steering, combining to give the car responsive, sure-footed, ride and handling.
We’ll be running road tests on both diesel and petrol engines of the car over the next few months, so watch this space! Right now though , I’ve got to run, as the dishwasher needs filling again for the privilege.
Displacement: 2,987 cc. Top Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h). Otr Price: £49,160. Max. Power Output: 275 HP. 0-62 mph: 6.3 seconds. Engine Layout: V6 60
Ghibli 3.0 litre Petrol
Displacement: 2,979 cc. Top Speed: 163 mph (263 km/h). Otr Price: £53,575. Max. Power Output: 330 HP. 0-62 mph: 5.6 seconds. Engine Layout: V6 60
Displacement: 2,979 cc. Top Speed: 177 mph (285 km/h). Otr Price: £64,720. Max. Power Output: 410 HP. 0-62 mph: 5.0 seconds. Engine Layout: V6 60